UKTI's ExploreExport opens up global opportunities

For the seventh year running, UK Trade & Investment’s principal export event ExploreExport will tour the UK

David Coppock
David Coppock

A world of exporting opportunities awaits North East companies at a showcase event to encourage expansion overseas.

For the seventh year running, UK Trade & Investment’s principal export event ExploreExport will tour the UK to provide companies with export advice and insight into global business opportunities.

The flagship roadshow rolls into Newcastle next Tuesday as one of the region’s key Export Week events.

In all, 130 UKTI commercial officers and British Chamber of Commerce representatives from 80 countries will visit 10 cities across the UK, making ExploreExport 2014 the largest event of its kind.

Export Week, which runs from November 10 to 14, aims to encourage companies to take up the export challenge and highlight the wealth of support and knowledge available to help them grow.

The Newcastle Racecourse event will offer North East companies the chance to pre-book and attend one-to-one meetings with market specialists, participate in export seminars, engage with exhibitors and network with hundreds of fellow exporters.

Previous Export Weeks in the region have been attended by more than 2,000 companies.

David Coppock, UKTI Regional Director for the North East, said: “ExploreExport is a great chance for companies to explore market options, discuss your business strategy and test out market assumptions with commercial officers from around the world.

“It is a major, national event and as such gets a lot of interest and a high-profile in the markets you are interested in – so it is a quick pathway to open up a dialogue in a particular market.

“It’s also a great chance to meet UKTI’s International Trade Advisers informally and get to know your local adviser.

“Ultimately, it’s about winning business around the world, helping your business to grow, de-risking your sales and becoming more profitable.”

Meanwhile, the Institute of Directors in the North East has also teamed up with UKTI to help open Export Week in the region with an event at advanced manufacturing specialist, Tharsus Group.

Taking place on Monday, the event will highlight some of the success stories of the region’s exporting companies including Tharsus Group.

Hosted by North East Chairman of the Institute of Directors, Graham Robb, the event will also include an Export Panel Discussion, which will feature business and export specialists from UKTI, North East Chamber of Commerce and Square One Law.

Tharsus Group is one of the North East’s export success stories with more than 40% of its goods sold around the world, primarily to Germany, Italy, France and Spain, but also to countries including Lebanon and China.

For more information about the wide range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment to help your company succeed overseas call the North East International Trade Hotline on 0845 05 05 054 or email


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